15 sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence; 16a and keep a good conscience [NASB]
“sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts” To “sanctify Christ as Lord” in our hearts is to turn everything over to Him, and to live only to please Him and glorify Him. It means to fear to displease Him rather than fear what men might do to us. It is a daily attitude of faith that obeys God’s will and Word in spite of our circumstances–good or bad. A, B One evidence that Jesus is Lord is being ready to witness to others about Him and seek to win them to Jesus.
“always being ready to make a defense to everyone” when we have an opportunity to respond to someone about our faith in Jesus. Have a prepared heart by daily Bible study, meditation on the scripture and prayer, a brief statement of your faith, memorized scripture and a card or tract. C
“who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you,” Every Disciple should be able to give a reasoned defense of his hope in Jesus, especially in hopeless situations. A crisis creates the opportunity for witness; because when a believer behaves with faith and hope, the unbeliever may listen. Disciples are not to argue with to the unsaved but present to them an account of what we believe and why we believe it, in a loving manner. The purpose is not to win an argument but to win lost souls to Christ.
“yet with gentleness and reverence; 16a always keep a good conscience” Provide a witness for the grace and hope of Jesus; yet not with arrogance, self-righteousness or a know-it-all attitude. We are witnesses, not prosecuting attorneys! Be sure that our lives back up our defense.
Always be ready and keep a clear conscience!
Henry Luke 7/5/2018